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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  2016 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Circa White 2016 Front Label
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Hosanna 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild Le Petit Mouton 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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